Domestic Waste Bin

community composting scheme

update: our NEW composter has arrived and our scheme is back!



We believe that food leftovers and garden waste are valuable resources that shouldn't be sent to toxic landfills to rot.


The Hackney Council offers discounted compost bins to encourage composting in the borough. If you don't have the space, if you live in a flat or if your area doesn't have a composting scheme, we can help.


You will be able to bring in your kitchen scraps or garden waste to feed our composter. See the ALLOWED items below:

  • Dairy, cheese, butter, eggs or egg shells

  • Fruit and Veg (including skins)

  • Bread

  • Salad leaves

  • Pasta, Rice

  • Plate scrapings

  • Dead leaves, soiled paper, cardboard (including pizza boxes) and tissue

  • Wooden chips and pellets


how to bring your food & garden waste to in-store composting

  • Bring ONLY the items in the accepted waste list

  • Waste MUST be in a brown paper bag or compostable bin liner

Your waste WON'T be composted if you:

  • Bring items not currently recycled (e.g bones, compostable packaging made of PLA)

  • Bring items in a plastic bag

  • Bring items in a bin

We offer this as a community service, free of charge. Once the compost is ready to use, you're welcome to come in and pick up any quantity.

Our commitment to the Local Agenda 21

At the Earth Summit in Rio 1992, the governments of the world committed themselves to caring for and using the Earth's limited resources more fairly and wisely. We understand that this will only become reality if communities get together and work on a local level.

The LA21 is all about local folks helping to improve their own immediate area - and community composting is a way of putting words in action.


Why composting?


 Composting is a way to improve the health of our soils already deprived and also a way to divert waste from going to landfills. It taps grassroots enthusiasm from within the community, among other benefits such as:

  • Addresses a major environmental problem (food waste)

  • Offers a low-tech, environmentally friendly solution by transforming waste into plant food

  • Helps to communicate the message of sustainability across all levels